The award-winning Slovak country singer Peter Dula died Oct. 10 after a long battle with cancer. He was only 28, and his death is a real loss to the European Country Music scene.
Since 2004 Dula had fronted the band Veslari -- "The Rowers," Slovakia's oldest country music band. With Dula singing, the band won a Slovak Grammy and other numerous awards including the best European country band of 2007. They also played at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
The following is from one of Dula's web pages:
They broke the European airplay record when the single "I’m Leavin’" spent consecutive 14 weeks at the top of the ECMA chart. Peter & The Rowers swept the board at the 2007 European CMA awards taking home 6 awards along with the most prestigious “Artist of the Year” award. Peter’s songs are dominating the major European country charts and he and his band are extensively touring Europe. It's like a dream come true.
Since the beginning of 2008 Peter has been battling cancer again but that did not stop him. He is still trying to perform , record and write songs. In spring 2008 Peter recorded a duet with country legend and Grammy winner Joe Diffie. Their song "Long Gone Loner" made it to no.1 on the major European Country Music Chart and to no.3 on the prestigious HotDisc International Chart.
In June 2008 Peter was invited to perform at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville and on June 8th he made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium. With the performance on the Grand Ole Opry he made his biggest dream come true.